THE HEAT IS ON
When Rory Arish and his two fiery dragon siblings are run out of their ancestral Irish home, it seems their luck has run out-until they arrive in Boston and find a paranormal-friendly apartment building. Finally, Rory has a place to call home. There's only one problem: Rory's new lair has simultaneously been rented to an infuriating woman who is as stubborn as she is beautiful and will not leave 'her' apartment matter how steamed he may be...
AND SPARKS FLY
Amber McNally is a down-on-her-luck flight attendant. She needs this apartment, and not even a fire-breathing dragon with his Irish charm and scorching good looks is going to scare her away. Holing up in their respective corners, a battle of wills ensues. Who will be the first to blink...or give in to their off-the-charts chemistry and decide to make this unorthodox living arrangement a little more permanent?
I confess that it was the cover, well the cover model specifically (he’s one of my favs), that was the main motivator as to why I decided to check out I Dream of Dragons, the fun sort of crazy that was promised in the blurb and the fact that I’d Ashlyn Chase was an author I’d never read before had me picking it up and I found it to be a cute story with more of an urban fantasy feel to it than a paranormal romance one.
I didn’t know going in that it was a spinoff of sorts, it’s set in the same world as the Strange Neighbors Series and Flirting With Fangs Trilogy but I never felt lost, intrigued by the other characters yes, but not lost and much of that had to do with the fact that Amber was as much a newbie to the world as I was. One second she’s a flight attendant who likes her job, but doesn’t love it. to being pulled into the world of the paranormal and having to learn all the rules that come that as well as how to do her new job, which I thought was actually pretty cool. Amber, despite the crazy going on, doesn’t get all that frazzled by it. She has her WTH moments, but doesn’t have a breakdown by finding out that the creatures of the myth really do exist. Then there is Rory, our shape shifting dragon. Despite the fact that he and his sisters were kicked out of Ireland by the leprechaun’s he’s actually a pretty even keeled kind of guy. He’s upset, and rightfully so, but his need to take care of his sisters overrides it as he works to find a safe place for them to stay so they can figure out how to get back to Ireland.
The romance between Amber and Rory had potential to be a fun and crazy ride, and it certainly started out that way, but it soon took a back seat to everything else that was going on in the book. There were some funny moments as well as sweet ones between Amber and Rory, and I was happy that they did get their HEA in the end, but I wish there had been more to it.
The overall writing was enjoyable and while I didn’t have an issue with the multiple POV’s and storylines, which did end up all coming together in the end, it did detract from Amber and Rory’s romance. Outside of that, the world was an interesting one, especially since one is not allowed to speak about being a supernatural species unless they know for certain that the person they are speaking to is in fact another supernatural and I did like Mother Nature/Gaia and her take no b.s. Nature.
The Bottom Line: Though light on the romance, it was still a fun read.
~ ARC provided by SourceBooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Ashlyn Chase was a registered nurse for twenty years. During those years she wrote articles for professional journals and a thesis, but eventually, thank goodness, discovered the joy and freedom of writing fiction.
Ashlyn considers herself lucky. Her degree in behavioral sciences is a combination of psychology and sociology, so she has studied people most of her life. She doesn't have to write out exhaustive character sketches to understand her characters or predict how they will behave. That doesn't mean they don't surprise her. Sometimes they take her on grand unexpected journeys.
Ashlyn has learned to go with the flow. To enjoy the journey is not only one of her writing goals, but also a challenge in life. She tries to follow where the story takes her. Her identified theme involves characters who reinvent themselves. And why not? She has reinvented herself numerous times—from artist, to nurse, to hypnotherapist, to author, and she has lived in seventeen different places. At last, she's all settled down and comfy in New England.
Is there a grand design or do we decide our own fates? Perhaps if the powers-that-be have a plot, then they also give us the right to revise it.